ATIS’ Next G Alliance (NGA) today announced publication of the report Multi-Sensory Extended Reality (XR) in 6G, which provides insight into the capabilities needed to support multi-sensory applications at scale in the 6G networks of the future. Encompassing a broad perspective, the report covers XR’s requirements, potential, challenges and socioeconomic impact.
XR innovation is expected to transform the telecommunications industry. By 2030, an estimated one billion XR glasses and sensory devices are predicted to be in use, along with associated computational services that will be integrated with network infrastructure. Innovations in XR glasses, lightweight haptics wearables and brain-computer interfaces  will pave the way for massive global deployment of multi-sensory XR.
These applications and solutions will spur development of an unprecedented variety of applications and services in industries spanning entertainment, gaming, education, public safety, health care, transportation, communication, manufacturing and retail. The potential economic and social impact is profound.
“XR applications are the next step toward seamlessly merging and integrating physical and digital worlds, and the ecosystem for these futuristic applications will establish crucial requirements for next generation mobile technology,” said Next G Alliance Managing Director Mike Nawrocki. “This report presents a futuristic look at how the information and communications industry can prepare for XR innovation.”
“Along with NGA’s 6G audacious goal of Digital World Experiences, this whitepaper assessed the evolution of Multisensory XR applications in key verticals and highlighted implications for 6G systems and services, such as requirements and socioeconomic impact,” said Ki-Dong Lee (LG Electronics), Chair Applications Working Group. ”Thanks to the NGA Applications Working Group members who contributed to this effort. We are excited to see the path towards 6G technology enablers.”